Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #14

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

A High Level Meeting!
(Job 1:8Job 1:8
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8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? considered: Heb. set thy heart on  

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) “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”  (KJV)

I am sure Job had no idea that such a high level meeting was taking place in the universe about him by two great spiritual powers. Two cross-purposes collided at this meeting. God’s purpose was to make Job, His servant, more holy, but Satan’s purpose was to leave Job in utter ruin, cursing God to His face.

As the meeting took place, Job’s prosperity promised as much as anything can promise under the sun. He had a large household, and many servants. Almost anything he could have wanted or needed was there on his great property. He would not need to go to market to buy anything.

Satan boasted that his walk to and fro in the earth had brought little opposition to his will and God pointed to his servant for consideration. Think about this… how does Satan consider the saints? God considers them in one way and Satan considers them in quite a different way. God’s consideration implies goodwill, and to show favor to the one He is carefully observing. (Psalm 9:13Psalm 9:13
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13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:  

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) (Psalm 5:1Psalm 5:1
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5 To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. 1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.  

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Satan may regard a saint with wonder… as to why the saint would be loyal for so little. He fell from great privilege, but primarily, he tries to detect any weaknesses in the armor of the believer. When he is given a place, he takes full advantage of the opportunity to bring defeat to the child of God. He complains that there is a hindering hedge around the child of God and this is so blessedly true of all saints.

Let us who are His, rejoice daily in the hedge God had secured around us. We may not know just where it is, but God knows and so does our adversary, the devil.

Ed Bowen

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About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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